Somers Point police arrested a Pleasantville man who was reportedly busted for possessing a large amount of illegal drugs, including several hundred bags of heroin and multiple baggies filled with marijuana. Additionally, the suspect allegedly had numerous prescription pills without a valid prescription from a pharmacist or doctor.
Somers Point patrol officers were driving on the 100 block of Medical Center when they reportedly observed the suspect operating a motor vehicle and committing a moving violation. The Somers Point cops subsequently stopped the suspect’s vehicle. When the officers ran a check on the suspect, they learned that he had a warrant out for his arrest. The suspect was then placed under arrest.
Detectives later searched the suspect’s car and allegedly discovered 262 bags of heroin, 10 bags of marijuana, and prescription drugs without a valid prescription bottle. Police also seized $734 in cash, which authorities believe may be the proceeds of illegal drug sales.
The suspect is a 26-year-old resident of Pleasantville, New Jersey. He faces multiple criminal charges for drug offenses, including:
· Possession with intent to distribute heroin
· Possession of heroin
· Possession of marijuana
Harsh Penalties for Drug Distribution near a School or Park in New Jersey
The suspect has also been charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) within 500 feet of a public park. Under the NJ Criminal Code, certain zones in New Jersey are treated differently when it comes to drug possession and drug distribution. Anyone caught possessing, or distributing, illegal narcotics in one of these prohibited zones can face additional criminal charges and enhanced penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7.1, any person who commits a CDS offense within 500 feet of a public park, a public housing facility, or a public building can be charged with a felony-level offense.
In addition to barring drug possession and drug distribution near public parks, the New Jersey Criminal Code also explicitly prohibits unlawful drug transactions near a school. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7, it is against the law to distribute illegal drugs in a school zone. Moreover, the statute creates an additional charge when a person distributes illegal drugs on school property or within 1,000 feet of school property.
After being placed under arrest and processed by Somers Point law enforcement, the suspect in this case was remanded to the Atlantic County Jail in Mays Landing. He was being held at the correctional facility on a $100K bail amount, with no 10-percent cash option available for posting bail and securing his release in advance of an arraignment.
If you have been arrested for drug distribution, drug possession, or any other drug crime in New Jersey, you need a qualified criminal defense attorney representing you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.